05/02/09 100 W, 2 I - + 8 - 13 Virginia Beach Former Fire Station

This unassuming surf shop at 24th Street and Atlantic Avenue is actually an former Virginia Beach fire station, a fact revealed by a gorgeous painting on the opposite side of the building. Says Google, the artwork was done in 2000 by muralist Todd Alan Lindergh, and his brother Eric, of T. A. L. Ent. The rest of the building is painted to resemble a Polynesian surf hut. As for the fire station, it was built in 1924 and housed what looks like a 1940s Seagrave service truck. Or is that way off? Click to enlarge both:

From a hastily obtained copy of Virginia Beach Fire Department: A Pictorial History, 1906-2006, compiled and written by Martin C. Grube, here’s some more history. The above building opened in 1925, and was the town’s first fire station. The lot cost $750, measured 28 by 150 feet, and was purchased from Norfolk Southern railroad. It housed the town’s first modern fire engine, a 1925 Seagrave Suburban pumper. It also housed the police department, upstairs. The building served as a fire station until 1938, when a larger facility opened on the corner of 20th Street and Artic Avenue. The second station operated until 1997, when Company 11 was relocated to the 800 block of Virginia Beach Boulevard. The old station was demolished. (In a prior decade, all of the Virginia Beach fire departments were consolidated. The town’s fire station became Company 11, in a unified VBFD.) The pictured service truck is a 1937 Seagrave combination pumper and service ladder, also known as a “quad.” That gorgeous rig is still on the roster, is maintained by a retired firefighter, and is housed at Company 8.
Legeros - 05/03/09 - 07:31

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